Now that you have decided to buy your second home, it’s time to do some forward planning. There are a couple of questions that need to be answered without much ado. Some such important questions are: Since it’s your second home and you are not going to stay for than a couple of weeks a year, what do you intent to do when you are not staying? Will you keep … Read the rest “Long-term lease versus holiday home rental – decide before you buy”
Here is a checklist of all the things that you have to keep in mind while buying a bedsheet. Some of course are the obvious, but you would never have considered before:
Material: The popular material used in making a bedsheet is cotton. Also, there are bedsheets of cotton blend and others. But, most people prefer cotton, as it is soft and soothing, when it comes to touch … Read the rest “Your Guide to Buying the Right Bedsheet”
When it comes to our homes, we mostly spend our time and money decorating, cleaning, and maintaining the interiors of our homes, while the exterior living spaces, if not completely overlooked, are definitely underutilized. Most homes have some type of outdoor space that can be used for rest, relaxation, or recreation. This space can vary in size from something as small as a balcony in an apartment, to a small … Read the rest “Ideas to Utilize your Outdoor Space Better”
The peak season is round the corner and it’s that time of the year when all holiday home owners need to gear up to deal with inquiries and to welcome guests. Easier said than done! Our past experiences show that while many owners have a packed calendar, there are many others who fail to garner a sizable number of inquiries, leave alone any bookings. Why? Invariably we all rely on … Read the rest “Holiday Home Owner tips – Things to do before the Peak Season”
From standard amenities, such as air conditioning, telephone, and washing machine to Jacuzzi, gazebos and barbeques (BBQ), travelers search a wide range of amenities before settling to book a holiday. Because of the wide array of amenities travelers look for, it is sometimes challenging for holiday home owners to know which amenities will add the greatest appeal to their holiday homes and would give them an edge over their competitors. … Read the rest “10 Top Searched Vacation Rental Amenities you must have”
Social media background checking is commonplace today, with many companies especially employers, using it to screen job applicants. Social media profiles are the norm where people willingly post and even sometimes over-share personal information online. So it has become inevitable that employers are tempted to snoop a little and see what information they can find on prospective candidates. Information can be gleaned from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many … Read the rest “Evaluating Holiday Home Guests Using Social Media before you Rent Out”
Combined with WMR’s current services – marketing, consultancy, reservations – and with one of the largest holiday rental portfolios in Thailand – cloud-based Klik opens up a broad range of new opportunities to compete with the major players in the industry.
Launching Klik, Marc Ribail, managing director … Read the rest “In a first in Asia WMR Launches Complete Holiday Rental Management System & Channel Manager”
Last week, we studied what does into designing a two-fixture bathroom. This week, let’s look at three fixture bathrooms; both small and functional, and large and luxurious.
The key design constraints remain the same – separate the wet and dry areas, ensure that there’s enough circulation space for comfort, and ensure safety.
Three-fixtures – WC, Wash Basin & Shower
Our first plan is typically used either as a guest bathroom, … Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – The Bathroom”
Last week, we looked at small bedrooms; this week, we’ll go large. Bedrooms are unique spaces in a house – they are the ultimate private space. And the ultimate luxury a home can offer.
When we plan the space for a large bedroom, we should first ensure that the room has some place to sit other than the bed. At the very least, a comfortable lounging chair with an ottoman. … Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 6 – The Large Bedroom”
For most home owners, maintaining or improving property values is important even if you aren’t thinking about selling right now. By refreshing the look of your property, you can improve the capital value of your investment and also potentially increase your rental returns. If you have ever wondered why two homes that are quite similar sell for very different prices, the answer could be in the small details. We show … Read the rest “5 Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home”
This week, we look at the space planning process for the bedroom. Bedroom space planning is complicated by two factors. Firstly, most of the floor area is covered by furniture, especially in smaller bedrooms. Secondly, windows and doors account for a significant proportion of the wall and partition space. We’ll examine these issues in detail and see how they affect the space planning process.
The recommended minimum sizes for bedrooms … Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 5 – The Bedroom”
Making money from your vacation home should not be a stressful and time-consuming affair. The most important hurdle to overcome is the mental block with attempting to make money from what used to be an indulgence for you and your family. Things to keep in mind are that beautiful homes need continuous love and care, and this usually means spending significant amounts on upgrading the furniture, adding newer luxuries, a … Read the rest “The Bare Minimum you need to do to earn more than Long Term leasing”
For a holiday home owner who has decided to make it a profitable venture, knowing the running costs of the property is very important. It is perhaps the first and foremost step to preparing a holiday home business plan – even before you decide on your rental rates.
The running costs of a holiday home can vary depending on where your property is situated and how you decide to address … Read the rest “Turning a Profit: Managing Costs and Balancing Income”
Last week, we looked at some of the essential constraints involved in designing a dining room. When a dining room is part of a bigger living room, the dynamics are slightly different. As the dining area is visible from the living area, the two spaces have to work together and look attractive, yet be suitable for the core functions. In this story, we’ll look at how we approach such spaces.… Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 4 – The Dining Room”
This week, we look at the principles and constraints of space planning for a dining room. As a general rule, as the function of a room gets more specific, so do the design guidelines. Unlike the living room, or even the bedroom, the dining room has one function only, and so the ergonomic guidelines are very specific.
Every living unit has to have an area for dining. This may be … Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 3: The Dining Room”
Last week we looked at living room design principles. This week, we’ll look at applying those principles to our home. We’ll look at two options with shop-bought furniture, and one with bespoke furniture.
The classical layout with a 3+1+1 sofa set:
In this layout, the wall on the left becomes the focal wall. Your treatment of this wall sets the tone for the living room. You could opt for something … Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 2: The Living Room”
For travelers to book your holiday home it is important that you give them a sneak preview of the location with regard to the major attractions near your property which can keep them busy when they come there. Because a renter may be new to the location where your property is situated, knowing the places of interest can actually influence his decision-making to book your property.
While having a swimming pool can add to the value of a property, cleaning it from time to time can sometimes be a real challenge. Tiny debris get collected on the floor and the side walls of the pool making it very difficult to clean and also takes a toll on the Ph of the water.
While there are several automatic cleaners (like suction and pressure side cleaners) available in … Read the rest “Why Buying a Robotic Pool Cleaner can be a Wise Decision”
We have been receiving a lot of queries from our readers on the rules and regulations to operate a homestay in India. While the Bed & Breakfast Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism has its set of rules for operating a homestay in the country, the separate regulations implemented by the individual states make it very confusing for someone who wants to start a homestay.
And it’s not surprising that … Read the rest “Few Facts you Need to Know About Registering your Homestay in India”
The key to an attractive house is the way its spaces are laid out. However beautifully the interiors are furnished, if the layout of rooms is not well thought through, the house will always seem lacking. So how do designers know what to do and what not to do when planning spaces? Though experience and study, there are some essential guidelines that, if followed when you plan your house, will … Read the rest “The Secret Science of Space Planning – Part 1: The Living Room”